Free fun! Explore Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail Hill Preserve for the day at no charge

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Miles of hiking and biking trails are neatly nestled within Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Dune Allen, where you'll find vast stretches of sugar-white and natural beauty.

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Summer visitors to South Walton County can once again enjoy free day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park through Labor Day.

The Walton County Tourist Development Council is paying the cost of entry for day-use visitors to increase available parking for beachgoers during the peak visitation season, as well as raise awareness of the variety of eco-tourism activities South Walton offers.

This year marks the seventh year of admission coverage for Topsail Hill and the fifth for Grayton Beach.

“We’re happy to once again cover the day-use admission to both parks,” said interim TDC Director Jason Cutshaw. “Visitors and locals will both experience benefits from free access to the state parks beach accesses, parking, picnic and restroom facilities. This is also a wonderful opportunity to encourage everyone to explore the beautiful natural resources in our state parks.”

The free day-use admission is available to visitors during normal operating hours, generally 8 a.m. to sunset.

For more information on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park visit www.visitsouthwalton.com/listing/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park. For more information on Grayton Beach State Park visit www.visitsouthwalton.com/listing/grayton-beach-state-park.